Spotlighted in the international watch scene for the atypical design of its first Newport model in 1988, the French watchmaker Michel Herbelin revisits its iconic model today. Redesigned in minute detail and yet true to its original nautical spirit, this watch reveals its new look, ready to sail on through the new century. A guided tour!
Change and continuity
Consistent with its original concept, which was inspired by the portholes of transatlantic ships, the new Newport has been subtly modified to navigate a new era. Slightly larger now with a diameter of 38.5 mm, compared with the 37 mm of the previous model, the case now features a curved square shape which accentuates the roundness of the design. The dial of this polished steel watch with a brushed steel bezel leaves its traditional blue behind to take on a fresh face: a lacquered white dial embossed with a sun wave finish. The tapered shape of the more prominent, hand- applied indexes represents the hull of a boat. Like the hour and minute hands, they are coated in a luminous substance for optimal legibility. The central seconds hand, now red, ticks the seconds off along the discreetly positioned outer flange, completed by a date display at 6 o’clock. The ubiquitous ship’s wheel at 12 o’clock rounds out this timepiece, water-resistant to 100 metres.
For the final touch to this new look, the strap – still just as distinctive with its central links – has also been changed. Grey calfskin, raised in the centre and featuring orange double stitching along the edges, brings contemporary style and a perfect sporty accent to this Newport.
A consistently reliable movement
Equipped with a Swiss-made (ETA) quartz movement , the Newport guarantees impeccable precision. Attention is brought to its every detail, right down to the ship’s wheel engraved in the steel of its case back, which emphasizes the collection’s link with the nautical world. Sea dogs will treasure this new watch. . .